She was born in Paterson, N.J., the daughter of Sally and Sidney Menk. She grew up in the Bronx and Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Newton, Mass.
Mrs. Culp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Master of Arts in teaching from the College of Wooster where she played on the tennis team and taught inner city children in Philadelphia during an urban field experience. She also learned the art of pottery making and was the college's last Color Day Queen.
Mrs. Culp taught first grade in Nashville, Ohio, was a childcare worker at Boys Village in Smithville and developed and ran the ceramic program at Weaver Workshop in Tallmadge, where she worked for 20 years.
She enjoyed gardening, photography, pottery and chocolate making.
She is survived by her husband, Joel; son, Jamie; daughter, Rachel; father and stepmother, Sid and Lucy Menk; and brothers, Glen and Tim Menk.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron.
Memorials may be made to Case Western Reserve University, c/o Dr. Gambetti, CJD Research, Institute of Pathology, 2085 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, 44106.